Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.


Recent Articles
  • Friday’s Rain: Hour-By-Hour

    A large area of low pressure continues to swirl across Texas moving east along the south. We’re on the north side of the low and rain showers will continue to swirl around us for more of the night late-Thursday into Friday. Saturday may very well start off cloudy with a slow clearing expected by the afternoon. FRIDAY 6AM: Scattered rain showers continue along with gusty winds to over 40mph. FRIDAY NOON: Heavier showers will work north from south Arkansas & […]

  • Heavy Rain For Thursday; Windy Friday

    Widespread showers and thunderstorms are likely on Thursday with heavy rain likely for most of the area. Rain totals will be high with this event and likely around 2″+ for just about everyone. Rain estimates through Friday evening will be in the 2″ ballpark but there’s going to be at least a few people who pick up more than this. Will will also be a big issue early on Friday with some gusts nearing 40mph. Rain and wind will eventually […]

  • Winter Weather Update & Timeline

      A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for location north of I40 across the Ozark Plateau and into NW Arkansas. Temperatures continue to trend warmer with a farther south track of the system which will lead to snow accumulations around 1″ with an inch or less south of I40. Travel is expected to be slick in spots Saturday evening into Sunday morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the higher terrain of the Ozarks in North Central […]

  • Arkansas Forecasting Rules Of Thumb

    Technology changes but forecasting “Rules of Thumb” are usually consistent. We’ve had this in the weather office for years and it offers some insight and first-hand knowledge about the weather in Arkansas. I scanned it and created a .pdf document so you can take a look at some forecasting tips and tricks. Arkansas Forecasting Rules Of Thumb -Garrett

  • Winter System Update

    Quick update on the upcoming rainy/wintry system… Tremendous uncertainty continues with no consensus in the data as far as snow totals go. Rain is likely for everyone; it could be over 1″ and flash flooding is possible. The trend today has been for snow totals to come down and rain totals to go up. This is not surprising since the event is still nearly two days away. Additional changes in the forecast are expected. If the trend for lower snow […]

  • Winter Weather Update

    A winter storm system will affect the area on Friday and continue into the weekend. Travel is expected to become slick and hazardous during this time with the worst occurring on Saturday and Sunday morning. What We Know Confidence is higher that wintry precipitation will happen Significant travel impacts are likely on Saturday What We Don’t Know How much accumulation and of which type When the changeover happens Current probabilities of seeing 2″+ of snow are currently around 70% in […]

  • Tornado Tracks Mapped

    The National Weather Service records their storm survey information into ArcGIS which will allow you to see the path, width, & damage caused by tornadoes in our area. This is the path across Van Buren with the tornado touching down near I40 and continuing to near Bond Special Road. If you click on the colored dots you’ll get information from the storm survey as well as comments as to how the rating was assigned. For instance, this damage would normally […]

  • Wintry System This Weekend

    A wintry system will affect our area late this week into the weekend. This system is still four days away so there’s a lot that can change between now and then. Specifics this far our are basically just guesses; however, I wanted to show you where everything stands and what the current thinking is as far as timing and impacts. This is the system that’s headed our way. It arrives on Friday with a cold rain. The rain will change to […]

  • NWS Confirms Two Tornadoes In Oklahoma (EF-1 and EF-2)

    An EF-1 tornado was confirmed near Webber Falls. A second tornado, and EF-2, from the same storm was confirmed near Lake Tenkiller. EF-1 Where:  Webber Falls, OK Winds Speeds:  95-105 MPH Path Length:  7.1 miles Path Width:  400 yards (0.22miles) Start Time:  9:28PM CST Start Location:  3.6 miles SSE Webber Falls End Time:  9:37PM CST End Location:  4.5 miles ENE of Gore No fatalities or injuries Summary:  The tornado started in the Arkansas River Bottoms of far southeastern Muskogee County. […]

  • SKY5 Storm Damage Aerials

    Severe storms moved across Arkansas and Oklahoma on Friday night into early Saturday morning causing widespread storm damage. On Saturday, SKY5 flew over the hardest hit areas; here’s a look at the damage from the sky. A long-tracked tornado moved across NE Oklahoma starting near Gore, Oklahoma, hitting Lake Tenkiller, and lifting west of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. A strong line of damaging winds moved across the River Valley with intense damage in Van Buren. The National Weather Service has yet […]

  • Tornado Watch Until Midnight

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch until 12AM Saturday (midnight) for LeFlore and Sequoyah counties. All modes of severe weather are possible, including hail, damaging winds, and even tornadoes. There is a lot of spin in the atmosphere. As an upper level jet-streak advances towards Arkansas, more thunderstorm development is likely. Tap HERE for our interactive radar. -5NEWS Weather Team

  • Severe Storms/Tornado Watches Expected

    The Storm Prediction Center anticipates the development of strong to severe thunderstorms this evening. The probability of a watch being issued is 60%. These storms could pose the greatest threat for tornadoes. -Garrett